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Outward FDI from Southeast Asia: The Malaysian Experience

Ariff, M. and Lopez, G.P. (2012) Outward FDI from Southeast Asia: The Malaysian Experience. In: Rajan, R.S., Kumar, R. and Virgill, N., (eds.) New Dimensions of Economic Globalization. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore, pp. 251-284.

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This paper analyses the trends, patterns and determinants of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) by Malaysian companies. It shows that Malaysian OFDI ha d taken a quantum leap since 19 93 and the number of Malaysian TNCs investing abroad since the 1990s has increased significantly. The OFDI is focused mainly in services ( finance , banking, insurance and tourism) and natural resources (oil and gas) with manufacturing a distant third. This also includes the emergence of off shore financial centres and developed countries as the most important host region for trans - border activity although investment s in developing countries especially within ASEAN have shown tremendous growth. The key drivers of OFDI have been to increase efficiency, to access resources and to access markets.

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Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Copyright: © 2008 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd
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